Alan Slater works as a heavy machinery operator and has driven pickup trucks as a necessity for most of his professional life.
Though he still owns a truck for work, he decided to step up last year and get a car for play. The vehicle: a 2012 Dodge Challenger. He liked it so much that he purchased a 2012 Dodge Charger SRT this summer.
“They both turn a lot of heads, and they’re fun to drive,” Slater says. “You can really feel the power when you’re driving them.”
Slater began looking for a Challenger last year, and ultimately had to travel to Blair, Neb., to find the right one. After he bought it, he installed a new cold air intake, custom exhaust and fuel door and began entering it in several contests around the state. He received a Top 20 award for the Challenger’s class at last summer’s Madison County Car Show and also won a Super Sunday Award at last year’s Goodguys show at the State Fair grounds. Slater says he likes the accolades his car receives, but he’s just happy to be a part of the contests.
“You don’t really care if you win, but if you do, it’s a nice extra,” he says.
Slater says he enjoys driving the Challenger around town on the weekends and taking it to the Show and Shine classic car show every Saturday in Indianola. However, for a car with a bit more space and practicality than the Challenger, Slater picked up a 2012 Dodge Charger SRT this summer. Though it still has plenty of horsepower (the two cars have the same engine), the Charger has more space and offers a more comfortable ride for outings with his family. Even though it’s his more practical vehicle, Slater says he wants to enter the Charger into car shows, too. He even has tentative plans to give it black accent racing stripes to make it match the Challenger.
Even though he loves his two Dodge sports cars, Slater says his goal is to own a Dodge Viper one day.
“That’s the ultimate muscle car,” he says. “I’ve never sat in one because I was afraid if I sat in one I’d love it.”
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